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Related Special
Education Services

Speech Therapy


Related Services are additional support services provided by the school in conjunction with a student's Special Education Plan. These additional services assist students with disabilities to benefit from their special education plan and better access their school environment.

Students usually receive these services along with their specialized instruction that is a part of special education. They are typically part of a child's Individualized Education Program (IEP). The main goal of these services is to help support the student in meeting educational goals. Our staff includes many specialized service providers in order to support the educational needs of students in our programs and in our member districts. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How Does a Student Qualify for Additional/Related Services?
    Often, related services go hand in hand with special education. All students receiving special education will receive specialized instruction. Related services often provide additional help and support. However, not all students who receive specialized instruction will need related services. The need for related services is decided by the IEP team in the IEP process. The IEP team will review all of the evaluation information to identify any related services the child needs, and include them in the IEP. Each child with a disability may not require all of the related services listed above. Furthermore, the list of related services is not exhaustive and may include other developmental, corrective, or supportive services if they are required to assist a child with a disability to benefit from special education.
  • Do Parents or Guardians Have to Pay for the Services Their Child Receives?
    School districts may not charge parents of eligible students with disabilities for the costs of related services that have been included on the child’s IEP. Just as special and regular education must be provided to an eligible student at no cost to the parent or guardian, related services must also be provided at no cost when the IEP team has determined that such services are required in order for the child to benefit from his or her education.
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